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Some Of Those Threats Weren’t Empty: 25% Of Instagram Users May Have Quit Over TOS

UPDATE 4:15 p.m.: It seems those numbers from AppData indicating that Instagram is leaking users aren’t quite all they’re cracked up to be. To that end, a spokeswoman for Instagram denies the app is losing users, saying in a statement: “We continue to see strong and steady growth in both registered and active users of Instagram.” [More]

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Even Randi Zuckerberg Is Confused When It Comes To Setting Facebook Privacy Controls

Even though Facebook rolled out new privacy control tools to its U.S. users that ostensibly should make it easier for users to figure out what they’re sharing with which people, it seems things are still complicated enough to confused Mark Zuckerberg’s very own sister, Randi Zuckerberg. She was a bit ticked off recently to find that a photo she’d shared on the social network was viewable by a stranger — who subsequently reposted it on Twitter. [More]

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Instagram’s Most Followed User Kim Kardashian Might Totally Break Up With It

Despite the backpedaling Instagram performed on Tuesday night in the wake of a widespread backlash against its controversial new terms of service and privacy policy, the social media service is still facing the prospect of losing a lot of users. And if it loses its most followed user, things could be even worse. Do you really want Kim Kardashian to leave and possibly take a chunk of her 5.7 million followers with her, Instagram? Well, do ya? [More]

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So Here’s How You Delete Your Instagram Account

If you’re among the many Instagram users who are taking to the Internets to grumble about the photo service’s new terms of service and privacy policy, both taking effect Jan. 16, you might be considering the next  and final step — deleting your account. The bad news is it’s the only way to keep your photos out of the hands of Facebook advertisers. The good news is, it’s easy to do. [More]

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Don’t Like Instagram’s New Terms Of Service & Privacy Policy? Quitting Is The Only Way Out

It seems like every week users of social network Instagram have been seeing more and more changes, all leading the service down the merry path toward becoming more and more like its parent company, Facebook. There was the Twitter card break-up, followed by the revelation that yes, Instagram would get ads. And now the service has updated its terms of service and privacy policy in ways that might see a whole lot of users fleeing for good. [More]

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Facebook: Yeah, We’re Totally Going To Put Ads In Instagram Eventually

If you thought Facebook was going to acquire photo sharing service Instagram and not try to make any money off of it or otherwise change it for the worse, well, you’re either very naïve or you don’t know how the Internet works. Sure, users’ information can serve as currency for companies like Facebook, but making money by slapping ads into the social media mediums we love most? That’s just good business sense. [More]

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Facebook Rolls Out Gifts Service Today To All Users So You Can Send Your Friends Wine

Hello, Facebook friends! I like you so much I’m going to send you presents on the Internet, like iTunes gift cards or wine. Yes, as long as you’re at least 21 and I’m over 21 (I am!) I can give you the gift of the grape via Facebook. There are only two weeks left of shopping before Christmas, so Facebook is banking on this new service, which rolls out to all users today, to bring in the bucks. [More]

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Having Trouble Voting On Facebook’s New Site Governance Policy? You’re Not Alone

Yesterday we urged you to vote on Facebook’s new site governance policy before the deadline ends on Dec. 10, as important privacy policies and the very right to vote on such changes hang in the balance. While writing that story, I was unable to vote using Chrome and instead got an error code repeatedly, but figured it was just some pesky problem I was alone in having. Not so, as many of our readers have chimed in with similar tales of being unable to vote. [More]

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Instagram Breaking Images On Twitter Because It Wants You On Instagram, Not Twitter

Full disclosure: I like Instagram (Cats! Clouds! Feet!). I will often share photos I take on it on Twitter, but I rarely do on Facebook. Last night I noticed that several photos I’d tweeted out never made it onto Twitter at all, and then this morning came rumblings that Instagram photos on Twitter were showing up broken or cropped. Why? Instagram, which was recently acquired by Facebook, did that on purpose, the company says. [More]

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Facebook Wants You To Vote On Policy That Wouldn’t Let You Vote On Future Policies

Facebook is at it again, this time asking its users to vote on some new changes to its data use policy and statement of rights and responsibilities. The kind of stuff that you might ignore, if you didn’t know that allowing the changes would mean you can’t vote on policy changes in the future. Users have until Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. ET to vote, and so far most people aren’t in favor of the changes. Surprising. [More]

Facebook Stock Down More Than 50%, Schadenfreude Still Rising

Facebook Stock Down More Than 50%, Schadenfreude Still Rising

Facebook stock has reached a new low following news that analysts at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch and Bank of Montreal have lowered their price target for the stock. [More]

Facebook Takes Big Step Backward Toward Traditional Advertising

Facebook Takes Big Step Backward Toward Traditional Advertising

As we predicted back in its pre-IPO days in May, Facebook would need to give up on its current model of minimal and oddly placed ad units if it wanted to survive as a publicly traded company with a value anywhere near what it wants the stock market to think it’s worth. And as that stock price continues to hover at half of the IPO value, the company appears to have taken the first big step toward more traditional advertising, by testing a way for businesses to pay for ads that pop up in the streams of users who did not necessarily “like” that particular advertiser. [More]

EA Sues Zynga Over Facebook Game That Also Has Simulated People Doing Everyday Things

EA Sues Zynga Over Facebook Game That Also Has Simulated People Doing Everyday Things

There’s a fight brewing in social media gaming land: Electronic Arts is steamed at Zynga over its new “The Ville” game, which EA claims is a total ripoff of “The Sims Social,” both games that are played on Facebook. EA is suing, claiming The Ville is an “unmistakable” copy of The Sims Social. Both do have characters that are you know, people, who do things like build homes and put fancy virtual stuff in them. [More]

Judge In Facebook Settlement Doesn't Understand Why Users Shouldn't Get Some Money

Judge In Facebook Settlement Doesn't Understand Why Users Shouldn't Get Some Money

A U.S. District judge tasked with bestowing final approval on the legal settlement between Facebook and its users over the “Sponsored Stories” ads is crunching the numbers in the case and he’s just a bit befuddled. Both Facebook and the plaintiffs floated a $123 million amount as the value of the settlement, but then somehow the company is only going to hand over $20 million in legal fees and donations to charity. [More]

Will More Mobile Facebook Ads Be Annoying Enough To Drive Users Away?

Will More Mobile Facebook Ads Be Annoying Enough To Drive Users Away?

Earlier today, Facebook’s very own Mark Zuckerberg and the site’s other head honchos held a conference call with investors to discuss the company’s first earnings report since it went public back in May. Given the stock’s not-stellar performance and investors’ concerns about Facebook’s ability to actually, ya know… make money, the Zuck did his best to liven up spirits by saying the company is beefing up its mobile ad strategy. Which yes, means ads for Facebook users on their smartphones and tablets. Let the clogging begin. [More]

Facebook’s Cash Cow Zynga Blaming Some Of Its Gaming Problems On The Social Network

Facebook’s Cash Cow Zynga Blaming Some Of Its Gaming Problems On The Social Network

Is the era of FarmVille domination over? The creator of that popular online social game as well as a slew of others is facing some big problems, after Zynga’s stock opened 40% lower today than yesterday. Its putting some of the blame on the decline on its partner on the farm, Facebook, for changing up the social networking platform. [More]

Chick Fil-A Denies Creating Facebook Account To Defend Company In Comments

Chick Fil-A Denies Creating Facebook Account To Defend Company In Comments

As we mentioned briefly in our earlier story about Chick fil-A, the Internet is abuzz with accusations that the fast food chain created a bogus Facebook user to go into the comments with the intention of defending the company. But a rep for Chick fil-A tells Consumerist it has nothing to do with this fictional fan. [More]